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A History of Science

By Williams, Henry Smith

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Excerpt: Book II. The Beginnings ff Modern Science: The studies of the present book cover the progress of science from the close of the Roman period in the fifth century A.D. to about the middle of the eighteenth century. In tracing the course of events through so long a period, a difficulty becomes prominent which everywhere besets the historian in less degree-a difficulty due to the conflict between the strictly chronological and the topical method of treatment. We must hold as closely as possible to the actual sequence of events, since, as already pointed out, one discovery leads on to another. But, on the other hand, progressive steps are taken contemporaneously in the various fields of science, and if we were to attempt to introduce these in strict chronological order we should lose all sense of topical continuity.

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CONTENTS BOOK II CHAPTER I. SCIENCE IN THE DARK AGE CHAPTER II. MEDIAEVAL SCIENCE AMONG THE ARABIANS CHAPTER III. MEDIAEVAL SCIENCE IN THE WEST CHAPTER IV. THE NEW COSMOLOGY--COPERNICUS TO KEPLER AND GALILEO CHAPTER V. GALILEO AND THE NEW PHYSICS CHAPTER VI. TWO PSEUDO-SCIENCES--ALCHEMY AND ASTROLOGY CHAPTER VII. FROM PARACELSUS TO HARVEY CHAPTER VIII. MEDICINE IN THE SIXTEENTH AND SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES CHAPTER IX. PHILOSOPHER-SCIENTISTS AND NEW INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING CHAPTER X. THE SUCCESSORS OF GALILEO IN PHYSICAL SCIENCE CHAPTER XI. NEWTON AND THE COMPOSITION OF LIGHT CHAPTER XII. NEWTON AND THE LAW OF GRAVITATION CHAPTER XIII. INSTRUMENTS OF PRECISION IN THE AGE OF NEWTON CHAPTER XIV. PROGRESS IN ELECTRICITY FROM GILBERT AND VON GUERICKE TO FRANKLIN CHAPTER XV. NATURAL HISTORY TO THE TIME OF LINNAEUS

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Title: A History of Science  
Author: Williams, Henry Smith
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